UP Movie House

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The Real-Life UP Movie House

Up, do you remember the UP movie?  “Adventure is out there!”  I was tickled pink when I found out about a real-life Up house that was built by Bangerter Homes in Harriman, Utah in July of 2011.

Movie house and real life house from UpMr. Bangerter, the builder, is an animation buff and wanted to create this house for that reason, but also because of his other passion which is houses.  After getting approval from Disney, Bangerter Homes and a team of subcontractors painstakingly made a replica of the movie house down to each and every detail including the weather vane, the front door, the light above the door, mail box, and the garden hose.  Building a real life cartoon house is an adventure, venture on and see the results.

UpThey had custom replica furniture made for the inside of the movie house.

Real life Up house living roomLiving room with replica furniture, but the new owners will be using their own furniture.

Kitchen Up houseNew retro-blue appliances in the kitchen.  I am loving this refrigerator and oven that look perfect with the soft white cabinets.

Stairs in real life UP houseReal life stairs, like you are walking inside of a cartoon.

Up house nursery imageThe baby nursery mural (remember they wanted children and it never happened) from the movie was also replicated in the real-life Up house.

Real Up house in UtahBut, only a couple of the rooms from the Up movie were replicated.  The builders used their imagination for the rest of the home that includes extra bedrooms, a movie theater, a finished basement, and they added a garage.

Image of Real Life Up houseThe 2,800 square foot Victorian replica was on the market for $399,000 and is located at 13222 S. Herriman Rose, 5390 West in Harriman, Utah.  It has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.  Tours where then ongoing until it was sold.

Some of the surrounding property owners were hoping the house would be repainted a more muted tone to comply with the homeowners association, but not all of them felt this way and realized that if it is painted then its uniqueness will be gone and there would be nothing special about the house or their neighborhood.  I would have a hard time asking the new owners to repaint their darling Up house, wouldn’t you?

Real house flies with balloonsBut what about flying houses, can houses really fly?  Back in March of 2011, National Geographic had a team at an airstrip in Los Angeles build a 16 x 16 foot, 18 foot tall house and used 300, 8 foot brightly colored weather balloons, and set a world record for “largest balloon cluster flight ever attempted.  Their real-life Up house went up 10,000 feet and flew for about an hour.  The Up experiment was for a  new National Geographic show called How Hard Can It Be.  I wish I had seen that, it would have been magical.  Seeing the pictures and reading about it is close to magic.

Up house that really flies

Weather balloons inside of Up houseTwo pilots took the ride up 10,000 feet in the experimental Up house.

Inside of Up house balloon experiment

Up house weather balloon experiment close up

Real flying Up house experiment Attaching the balloons in the early morning hours.

Real flying houseLift Off.  It took a lot of work to get everything balanced just right to get the house flying straight up and level.  I am thinking of this as an extra, extra large hot air balloon ride, but it’s a flying house, pinch me, it is a flying house.


Flying Up house experiment imageThere it goes. I wonder if someone not connected with the experiment saw this flying house on the morning of its flight, and I wonder what they would have thought.  I picture them rubbing their eyes to make sure they are seeing what they are seeing.   Just incredible.  There is an Up house video on National Geographic to watch to get the full effect or youtube here.

Goodbye flying house.   Goodbye Real Life Up house; hope you like your new owners.

Credits for Up houses to highdefdigest.com, National Geographic, moo2u.com, Bangerter Builders.com.

Grass repossessed Fun w/Dick and Jane house

Another Movie houses like the UP house is  Fun with Dick and Jane movie house

and some others are:

Letters To Juliet

The Real Life As We Know It Movie House

Cheaper By The Dozen Movie Houses

Groundhog Day

TV Houses:

Desperate Housewives Wisteria Lane

Enlightened and the Mid-Century Style House

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2 Responses to UP Movie House

  1. How awesome! I love that house (and the movie!) I would probably think I was seeing things if I saw a flying house. My husband would probably have put me in a mental institute if I told him I saw it.

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